Hafeez to open in the first Test against Australia

Hafeez to open in the first Test against Australia

Pakistan’s seasoned all-rounder, Mohammad Hafeez will open the batting with Imam Ul Haq in the first Test against Australia, starting from October 7.

Sarfraz Ahmed announced the twelve probable players on Saturday for the opening Test of the two-match series against Australia.

Pakistan are likely to go with four bowlers including two spinners, the leg-spinner Yasir Shah and off-spinner Bilal Asif, and two fast bowlers.

Mohammad Abbas will be one fast bowler for Pakistan, whereas, they will choose between the two left-arm pacers Wahab Riaz and Mir Hamza as the second fast bowler.

Azhar Ali will bat one-down, while Babar Azam is to bat at the fourth spot. The left-handed batsman, Haris Sohail will bat at fifth and Asad Shafiq will return to his favourite batting spot at sixth.

Sarfraz Ahmed, the captain will bat down the order at seventh, followed by all-rounder Bilal Asif, Yasir Shah and then the fast bowlers.

Pakistan skipper, who is under the pump at the moment for Pakistan’s flop show in Asia Cup, is optimistic about the Test series against Australia.

“We will do our best to win the series,” said Sarfraz during the press conference ahead of the first Test at Dubai.

He is concerned about Pakistan’s batting and believes they will be the key during the campaign.

“Batsmen will need to take the responsibility,” he added.

Pakistan will be facing a much improved and experienced duo of Nathan Lyon and Mitchell Starc, who were young and raw when they previously visited the UAE.